Comics Are Great! 81 – Pacific Rim and the Analytic Eye

July 15, 2013 by  
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Pacific Rim! Jaegers! Kaiju! Dave Roman! and Spoilers! I’m joined by Dave Roman for a talk on how the author’s analytic eye affects his or her enjoyment of media. What happens when you can’t stop picking at story when reading a book or watching a film? Besides making you insufferable at parties, are there any […]

Thunder Punch Daily 142 – 3 Roads to Character

October 6, 2011 by  
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Today I follow up on a discussion started in Comics Are Great! episode 30 with some thoughts on character design from a writing standpoint. I share three different aspects that I oscillate between when creating characters. Music for this show is by Eliott Drozd. Audio hosting provided by Ka-Blam Digital Printing Voiceover by Tara Platt […]

Comics Are Great! 22 – World, Character, Theme

August 12, 2011 by  
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It’s an episode packed with great discussion on breaking down a story into comics form with guests Jake Parker and Dave Roman!¬†We each share our own approach to writing visually: Starting with a world, characters, or a theme, and what our respective processes are to getting to the final story. This one might be best […]

Thunder Punch Daily 131 – Other Lives

July 5, 2011 by  
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Today I give a sort of book review of a comic I finished recently–Peter Bagge’s excellent Other Lives, published by DC’s Vertigo imprint. I break it down by plot and theme, but as you might have guessed, I also talk about how this book demonstrates the things that only comics can do. Subscribe through iTunes […]

Thunder Punch Daily 107 – Aboutness

April 5, 2011 by  
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Today I revisit some thoughts on writing, and a go-to technique I use to write stories for clients and for myself: starting with a takeaway, or finding the story’s “aboutness”. It’s a slippery topic, and I’d love to hear from other writers as to what tricks they use to drum up story ideas. I refer […]

Comics Are Great! 11 – Continuity vs Iteration

February 2, 2011 by  
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It’s the return to the roundtable discussion as we try to weigh the pros and cons between canonical storytelling and story franchises that undergo multiple reboots and iterations! What are the perils of working in a strict continuity? Does rebooting your story run risk of alienating readers? When does pleasing your readers cross the line […]

Thunder Punch Daily 97 – It Was There All Along

January 26, 2011 by  
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Today I share some observations and experiences I’ve had in my attempt to create an 8-page mini-comic in a week. The most interesting development was discovering a new theme that was there the whole time. Subscribe through iTunes RSS (thunderpunchdaily): Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:45 — 12.7MB) | Embed

Drawing for Myself – Making a Mini-Comic Pt 2

January 24, 2011 by  
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Quick update on the mini-comic (which is tentatively titled Boulder & Fleet: Adventurers for Hire). Halfway done with the artwork! Just inked the introduction of the main villain of the tale: Probably the toughest part of writing this mini-comic was finding the story’s theme. I knew it would involve the heroes rolling into town to […]

Thunder Punch Daily 55 – Overcomplicating Things

August 10, 2010 by  
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Recently Sara Turner reminded me of the virtue of keeping things simple in your storytelling. I share a few thoughts on why I think a lot of us tend to overcomplicate our stories with unnecessary data or overcomplicated research. I also refer to an interesting episode of the Radiolab podcast I was pointed to by […]

Thunder Punch Daily 40 – Hook and Character

June 19, 2010 by  
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Today I share some thoughts on the value of a good hook for your story or project, tying that in to how we can think of the “character” of your story or project as a means to keep yourself on track with the spadework of seeing the project through. Subscribe through iTunes RSS (thunderpunchdaily): […]

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